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Co To island a top choice of holidaymakers



With beautiful and pristine beaches, unique “check-in” corners and hospitality of local residents, in recent years, Co To island in the northern province of Quang Ninh has become a top choice for travel lovers.

Co To island a top choice of holidaymakers hinh anh 1A fishing village on Co To island. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi – With beautiful and pristine beaches, unique
“check-in” corners and hospitality of local residents, in recent years, Co To
island in the northern province of Quang Ninh has become a top choice for
travel lovers.

Extremely important
position in security-defence

Almost all islands in Vietnam hold an extremely important
position in defence and security; however, Co To has its own characteristics
which are a rich floral ecosystem, beautiful natural landscapes and locals’
cultural identities.

Co To is formerly known as Chang Son (Chang Mountain) or
“Cau Dau” in some old books which means a place with many mountains gathering
at the middle of the sea. The island district has an area of with about 50
islands, in which Big Co To and Small Co To are the two most famous islands
with pristine beaches and landscapes. At present, Big Co To has primeval forests with an area of
10ha. Many streets on the island are lined with trees, mainly casuarina and

The best attraction for tourists is the long beaches with
white and smooth sand in the island, such as Hong Van and Van Chay. From Big Co
To, tourists can go to Small Co To and Thanh Lan islands to discover untouched
beaches. The flora on the islands is quite plentiful and diverse. The
natural forest has diverse types of wood. Planted forests are mostly casuarina,
eucalyptus and pine.

Thanh Lan island also has orange, tangerine and banana which
have been popular in the province for many years, and a 100-strong troop of
yellow monkeys, pythons, geckos. There are many kinds of rare medicinal herbs
such as holy basil, Panax pseudoginseng, Ricinus communis on every island.

Co To is said to have the richest biodiversity in Vietnam
with the presence of many typical ecosystems of tropical waters, including
concentrated coral reef ecosystems. The island is also home to rare seafood
types with high values.

With its special position, security – defence is considered
as Co To’s top priority. Since 2017, the “Coast Guard accompanying fishermen”
model has been implemented by the Vietnam Coast Guard Command and expanded to
remote island districts and communes.

Through many activities, the model has helped increase
fishermen’s awareness of sea and island strategies and the importance of sea
and islands to socio-economic development, national defence and security, thus
contributing to successfully implementing the Party and State’s policies.

Outstanding tourist

Some tourist spots that visitors must not miss in Co To
include Mong Rong (Dragon Claw) Rock Area with special sediments forming
thousands of years ago, which is also the most ideal place for watching sunrise
on the island, the road of love with casuarina trees along the two sides, and a
wooden bridge at sea– a new attractive check-in spot for young people.

The Co To lighthouse, built in the nineteenth century, is
also a must-go destination. It is one of more than 30 “night sea eyes”
operating in the territorial waters of Vietnam.

At the district’s centre, tourists can visit President Ho
Chi Minh relic site. The President visited Co To island in 1961, and in 1962,
when he made a visit to the Northeast region, Hai Ninh Provincial
Administration asked for his permission to build a statue of him on Co To
Island, and build memorial houses and steles at places where he visited. This
is the only place President Ho Chi Minh agreed to have his statue erected when
he was still alive.

Cau My rock area has a sedimentary rock system that has been
eroded over thousands of years by sea water, creating a real wonder with
beautiful landscape and geological research value.

Meanwhile, Small Co To island is 7km away from Co To town.
It has a primeval forest with many rare and precious animal species, and many
beautiful coral reefs in the sea bed.

Turning Co To into a
high-class marine eco-tourism site

Currently, Co To island district is building a tourism
development plan, with the aim to turn Co To into a sea and island tourist
destination in the northeastern region.

Until 2025, Co To is determined to develop into a high-class
island eco-tourism area with a variety of types of tourism, sports and
entertainment both at sea and on islands. At the same time, Co To will become a destination in the
tourist complex of Cat Ba-Ha Long-Van Don-Co To-Mong Cai-Tra Co.

The island district is also focusing on calling for investment in
building 3-4 star accommodation facilities./.



Red Mustard Chicken Ramen



Executive Chef Nguyễn Văn Nguyên of Crowne Plaza Vĩnh Yên City Centre

Shoyu ramen is the most common noodle soup, with a broth made of soy sauce, in Japan. There are different versions of shoyu ramen: it can be cooked with either pork or chicken, garnished with different toppings, and served with different condiments. Today, let’s give it a try with the signature red mustard chicken ramen by Executive Chef Nguyễn Văn Nguyên of Crowne Plaza Vĩnh Yên City Centre. Travel to Japan through your own kitchen with this easy-to-follow recipe.

Ingredients: serving 1 person

  • Ramen noodle (instant ramen noodle is OK): 150g
  • Chicken (boneless): 200g
  • Chicken stock: 300ml
  • Red mustard: 50g
  • Chicken egg: 1
  • Nori: 30g
  • Beansprout: 30g
  • Bok choy: 50g
  • Japanese soy sauce: 20ml
  • Mirin (Japanese cooking rice wine): 20ml
  • Salt: 5g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Minced pepper: 5g
  • Cooking oil: 10ml
  • Spring onion: 10g
  • Paprika powder: 3g
  • Ginger: 5g
  • Garlic: 5g


  • Cooking twine

Red Mustard Chicken Ramen



  • Marinate boneless chicken with pepper, salt, paprika powder, red mustard and chopped ginger. Roll the chicken, tighten it with cooking twine and pan-sear at 150 Celsius degrees until light brown.
  • Put the pan-seared chicken in a pot with 300ml of chicken stock and 3ml of Japanese soy sauce and 3ml of mirin. Braise for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the braised chicken from the pot. Remove the cooking twine. Slide the chicken roll into 1cm-thick pieces.


  • Boil the egg for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the egg from the boiling pot. Immediately put the egg in a bowl of iced water to prevent the heat from completely boiling the egg. Remove the eggshell when it’s cooled down.
  • Boil a mixture of Japanese soy sauce, mirin, chopped spring onion, chopped garlic, chopped ginger and sugar. Turn off the heat, let it cool down and pour it over the egg. Let the egg soak in the mixture for 3-5 hours or overnight in a fridge.
  • When used, cut into halves.

Noodle & bean sprouts:

  • Boil the noodle and bok choy with the chicken stock for a few minutes. When removing the noodle and bok choy from the boiling pot, ensure the noodle is still stretchy, and the boy choy is still crunchy and green.
  • Poach the bean sprouts. Remove them from the pot and let them dry.


  • Put the noodle into a big bowl. Top up with the sliced chicken on one side and the bok choy on the other side. Top up with the two halves of egg, poached beansprouts, chopped spring onion and nori.
  •  Pour the chicken stock into the bowl.

Sensory evaluation:

  • Chicken: tender
  • Presentation: colourful and beautiful

You can enjoy this Japanese iconic chicken ramen and many other savoury dishes by chef Nguyên and his talented team at HOP Kitchen restaurant, located on the 4th floor of Crowne Plaza Vĩinh Yên City Centre, 396 Mê Linh Road, Liên Bảo Ward, Vĩnh Yên City, Vĩnh Phúc Province. Tel: (84) 2113 778899.


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Vietnam, India boost tourism cooperation



More than 20 Indian travel agencies together with media representatives recently conducted a field trip to the central Vietnamese cities of Da Nang, Hoi An, and Hue. The trip was part of the Indian tourism sector’s Famtrip programme, aimed at introducing Vietnam to Indian travellers.

The delegation visited famous tourist destinations in the three destinations and assessed the quality of local hotels and restaurants, especially those catering to Indian customers.

Figures show that the number of Indian tourists visiting Vietnam reached nearly 138,000 in 2022, ranking it 9th among the 10 largest source markets.

The field trip will help boost the number of Indian visitors to Vietnam this year, which is forecast to increase by 160% compared to 2019.

India is one of two countries in the world with a population in excess of 1 billion, together with China, and is a source market of potential for any country, including Vietnam./.


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Measures to lure more high-spending international tourists under discussion



Vietnam needs to have support policies for developing new tourism products and services capable of attracting high-spending international visitors, said insiders.

Measures to lure more high-spending international tourists under discussion hinh anh 1Foreign visitors in Da Nang (Photo: Da Nang Newspaper)

Hanoi – Vietnam needs to have support
policies for developing new tourism products and services capable of attracting high-spending international visitors, said insiders.

Addressing a national conference on
tourism development in 2023 recently, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism
Nguyen Van Hung admitted that Vietnam’s tourism products have yet to
catch up with global trends and failed to fully utilise the natural advantages, especially
cultural resources.

“We only offer what we have, not what visitors want, so our products
lack attractiveness for tourists,” he said.

He added that tourism linkage among regions, localities, and sectors remain weak, resulting in tourism products not diverse and attractive to tourists.

According to Chairman of the Vietnam Tourism Association Vu The Binh, it is necessary to develop attractive
and high-spending products like golf tourism.

The number of international visitors travelling to Vietnam for golf tours is on the rise,
he said, calling for exemption or
reduction of excise tax for international golf tourists in order to
increase the competitiveness of this tourism service.

Meanwhile, Deputy General Director of Saigontourist Vo Anh Tai said attention
should be paid to cruise ship tourism, noting that his firm welcomed eight international
cruise ships with over 23,000 visitors in March only.

The company aims to serve 170,000 international
holiday-makers arriving on 30 cruise ships in 2023, he said.

Tai also proposed policies to attract foreign tourists attending diplomatic
events; trade, and investment promotion programmes; fairs and exhibitions; and international
sports and culture events.

President of the Imex Pan Pacific Group (IPPG) Johnathan Hanh Nguyen suggested
developing a number of potential tourism models such as health-care
tourism and duty-free outlets, saying that these generate high revenues and
help increase competitiveness of Vietnam’s tourism in the region.

also proposed cooperation with international partners to develop entertainment,
resort, and casino complexes; and amusement parks whose brand is recognised

Speaking at a seminar held by Sai Gon Giai phong newspaper, Dang Manh Phuoc,
CEO of The Outbox Company – a market researcher and data analyst on tourism and
hotel, stressed the importance of research in consumer behaviour
and demand in target markets, so as to build
appropriate promotion strategies.

Tai also urged Vietnam’s
representative agencies abroad to play a greater role in promoting the national tourism brand to
international visitors./. 


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